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Osimhen, Oshoala, Nnadozie, Abiodun Make Final Shortlist For CAF 2023 Awards

Victor Osimhen, Asisat Oshoala, Chiamaka Nnadozie, and Deborah Abiodun of Nigeria have made the final CAF Awards shortlist.

On Thursday, the African football governing body announced the finalists for the CAF awards, which will be held in Morocco on Monday.

Osimhen, who plays for Napoli in Italy’s Serie A, will face Egyptian Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and PSG’s Achraf Hakimi, who was a member of Morocco’s spectacular World Cup run in Qatar late last year.

Despite competition from Hakimi, who helped Morocco reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time on the continent, and Salah, who was in good form for Liverpool last year, Osimhen is in pole position to win the prestigious title after being the first African to earn the highest goalscorer award in Italian Serie A.

His goals were crucial in Napoli winning the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years. When he finished ninth in the 2023 Ballon d’Or, the former Lille player was the highest-ranked African.

Oshoala, Osimhen’s compatriot, is on the verge of being the CAF Women’s Player of the Year for the sixth time. Last season, she was a member of Barcelona Femeni’s treble-winning squad. She also scored once when the Super Falcons advanced to the final 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup earlier this year.

However, the Nigerian will face heavy opposition from Racing Louisville and South African star Thembi Kgatlana, as well as Zambia’s Barbara Banda.

The Super Falcons Chiamaka Nnadozie of Paris FC is also up for Goalkeeper of the Year (Women), competing against Khadija Er-Rmichi of Morocco and Andile Dlamini of South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.

Deborah Abiodun is another Nigerian in the running for Young Player of the Year (Women). Despite only appearing in one of the Pittsburgh Panthers’ four World Cup games, the midfielder has been one of the continent’s breakout talents in the last year. She competed for Nigeria in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2023.

The Super Falcons are also in contention for the Women’s Team of The Year award.

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